I Was Born For This by Alice Osman | Non-Spoiler Review + YA Room BOTM

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This month I’ve actually decided to revise my TBR slightly and finally make time to participate in The YA Room’s book if the month: I Was Born For This by the talented Alice Oseman

If you don’t know who or what The YA Room is, they’re a book club in Melbourne, Australia (and also on Instagram, twitter, etc.) run by two girls who organise book meets once a month at Dymocks on Collins St. To discuss the book of the month. This month we’re reading I Was Born For This by Alice Osman and it is everything people beg for in a book.

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For Angel Rahimi, life is only about one thing: The Ark – a pop-rock trio of teenage boys who are currently taking the world by storm. Being part of The Ark’s fandom has given her everything – her friendships, her dreams, her place in the world.

Jimmy Kaga-Ricci owes everything to The Ark too. He’s their frontman – and playing in a band is all he’s ever dreamed of doing. It’s just a shame that recently everything in his life seems to have turned into a bit of a nightmare.

Because that’s the problem with dreaming – eventually, inevitably, real life arrives with a wake-up call. And when Angel and Jimmy are unexpectedly thrust together, they will discover just how strange and surprising facing up to reality can be.

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LIFEL1K3 BOOK LAUNCH & I Have 10,000 Words on my Book!

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You’ve all seen the title, so let’s begin with what you all came here for.


LifeL1K3 by Jay Kristoff officially launched in Melbourne last night and it was amazing!

To celebrate the official Lifel1k3, Jay blessed us with AI facts from Google and Facebook, while MC Amie tried to reassure us that we are all safe, and won’t end us in the same situation as the characters in LifeL1k3 – and yes I’ll continue to spell LifeL1k3 like that.


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I Was Bitten By A Kangaroo| Storytime Wednesday

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Today I wish to tell you the story of the dream I had last night, where I was bitten by a tiny kangaroo because for some reason kangaroos are the size of chihuahuas now?…

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This is a bit of a strange story and is literally taken from a dream I had last night. It was crazy, I woke up very confused and immediately thought you’d all find enjoyment from it!

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Reign the Earth by A.C.Gaughen | Semi-Spoiler Book Review

This book was kindly sent to me from Bloomsbury late last year in exchange for an honest review. It was released on the 30th of January 2018 and is approximately 340 pages.

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TWO REVIEWS IN TWO WEEKS?!!! Damn, I am on a roll and so so proud of myself!

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Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands.

But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.

This intense, richly drawn high-fantasy by the author of Scarlet will hold readers spellbound.

Despite this book taking me a month and a half to read (*insert dates*) I absolutely enjoyed every moment of reading it, and if you are in need of a diverse dystopian-type fantasy novel, this is the book for you.


This book, written by A.C. Gaughen is marketed as the first in a new series titled The Elementae. This book has made appearances on my February, March, and April/ May (unofficial) TBR’s, to the point where I’d finally picked it up on the 20th of March, finishing it only a few days ago on the 3rd of May.

There is one quote that I really love from this book; and to the protagonist, it is very much a survival mantra; “I am a daughter of the desert, and my feet will never fail me.” I loved how she still has values and morals despite being in the clutched of a selfish crazed ruler. This leads into her love of family and her heritage, and how despite the repression she’s faced while married to a king, she stayed true to the woman she was raised to be.

The family values in this novel were tremendous. It was made to seem like an underlying issue under all the torture, fight for rights and survival, but it was really at the forefront of the reasons behind everyone’s actions. Whether it was love, rebellion, and loyalty, everyone did things that they believed was the right thing to do by their family, and half the reason people stuck by one another was due to a blood relation they had or a traumatic upbringing that kept them loyal to one another.

The ending just petered out, where a cliffhanger would’ve left me begging for the next book, whereas now I’m quite content and sadly a little disappointed with how it ended. The book was so packed with action, suspense and magical elements, I thought the ending would really leave me screaming and crying for answers; where now I’ve fallen into an everything will be okay mood with this book and I don’t like that!!!

I feel that they could’ve made more mention of the dark colour of her skin. It’s not a big issue but the representation in the novel was slightly underrepresented, especially when there is a powerful white male trying to overshadow her.

★ Rating ★

I rated this book ★★★☆☆ (3/5 stars) on Goodreads because of the strength Shalia had despite being in a situation where she was being repressed and ignored because her husband believed he was a God and she was only there to bear children and show off like a trophy. The ending as mentioned above decreased the rating from 4/5 to 3/5, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy the book.

I had a wonderful time reading this book and I took away the value of humanity, family, and that as a woman I should stand up for what is right even if a crazy white male is being overbearing and suppressive. I’d recommend you read this book especially if you love books about women who aren’t afraid to shy away from a fight and will fight for peace and equality regardless of the benefit to themselves.

Stay Happy, Healthy, and have a Lovely Week!!


Thank You so much for reading! I hope to see you all back here on Wednesday 🙂


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What’s In My Book Depository Cart???

that the Disclaimer: This post is not at all sponsored by Book Depository, they offer an amazing service which I swear by, but I mostly just want all the books and I think you all need to know.

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I’m quite excited for this post and if all goes to plan you’ll see a follow-up post to this, but in today’s episode of ‘Bree Wants All The Books And Can’t Resist Shadowhunters’, we dive into my ever growing but never changing Book Depository cart.

https://www.bookdepository.com/?a_aid=jasperandspiceAs you may all know by now, Book Depository is an online bookstore based in the UK that sells books at a cheaper than RRP price and provides free shipping to countries worldwide. I’ve mentioned it before, but I do have an affiliate link to the site, which grants me a 5% commission for any sales made using my link: https://www.bookdepository.com/?a_aid=jasperandspice.

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Control Freakz by Michael Evans | I Didn’t Finish This Book Spoilery Review

This book was kindly sent to me in eBook format from YA Bound Book Tours this week in exchange for an honest review.

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I apologise that this review is almost four days late, but I’ve been so so busy with uni assignments, work, and professional interviews, it took me a lot longer than expected to read this book – considering I didn’t even finish it!

Today I bring to you all, a book review for a book I DID NOT FINISH (DNF)!!!

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Goodreads Summary:

Alone. Abandoned. Threatened. Natalie has lost all hope for a better future. Everything she’s known and everyone she’s ever loved is gone, and it’s up to her to get her old life back. In Michael Evans’s first novel, Control Freakz, Natalie’s journey toward a better life begins.

When Protocol 00 is enacted, Natalie’s family is taken by the government, along with the families of her two best friends, Ethan and Hunter. With nothing to lose, and the threat of government hitmen kidnapping them at any moment, the three must battle to survive in a horrid, post-apocalyptic world run by President Ash and his invasive government. They want answers. And they’re willing to jeopardize everything in desperate pursuit.

Risking ruthless leaders, attempted mind control, and her very existence on the planet, Natalie, along with Hunter and Ethan, will stop at nothing in their quest to regain everything they’ve ever known. Her spirits crushed and her will to live destroyed, Natalie knows everything is dead and gone, and soon she will be, too.

Memories connect us to the past, and can often cause us to long for a better future, but they can drive our minds into a state of hell if a better future is unattainable. Nevertheless, Natalie’s hope for a better a future remains.

DNF? Why?

The decision to DNF a book is a hard one, especially if

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Professional Interviews Horror Storytime #4

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Today was a crazy day, and as I promised you all on Instagram, I have a (slightly dramatised) Interview Horror story and life lesson to share. This will be told in narrative form and is inspired by what happened to me today in my professional interviews.

I hope you find enjoyment from this, please comment letting me know if you like this story series because I love writing them.

I didn’t go to my interviews like this, but how cute is my hair, and my outfit, and that flash!?!?!? Moral of this is show off when you think you look cute because 100% of the time you actually look cute af! Also, this was casual day at work and casual day is the best day ever!

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS Book Haul + April Wrap-Up!

Disclaimer: This is NOT A REVIEW! This post is not sponsored by Bloomsbury Publishing but they were kind enough to send me the book that is the inspiration and centre of this post.

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I see people on YouTube all the time doing these first impressions clothing and/or makeup hauls where they receive products from a company and share their first reactions on camera. So I thought, since I never read the blurb before I read the book, what better way to do a wrap-up and haul of only 1 book, than to do a first impressions/ what I think will happen based solely off of the title and any other snippets on the book’s back and front cover.

On Monday, I received a package from Bloomsbury which contained a red book with large white writing on the front: ALL OF THIS IS TRUE. Written by Lygia Day Peñaflor – an author I’d never heard of before – this uncorrected proof doesn’t have the final cover, and instead of a summary on the back cover it has two quotes from the text, which makes this game all the more fun!

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The Positives of Reading & How it Improved my Marks! Storytime Wednesday.

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This Storytime Wednesday isn’t a short story like the last few weeks, rather a little life lesson on why reading is positive and how it can benefit your school marks, speech, and social skills. I will be talking of my own experiences that have lead me to believe that reading can improve everything.


I want to begin by saying that I am in no way saying that you are wrong in your choice not to pick up a book, and I am not here to tell you what you should read, because any book/ magazine/ educational document/ etc. will give you some benefit. I just want to say that yes reading is amazing for your brain and here is proof!

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